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Report on Commission library

 The independent evaluation of the Commission’s Central Library, completed at the end of last year, is now available via the Eurolib website

As Eric Davies, coordinator of the European Information Association writes, “The report has many positive things to say about the Library – which many of us will have benefited from at some point.”

ECLAS, the catalogue of the Commission’s Central Library is publicly available.

Posted by the European Documentation Centre

Lisbon Treaty update

The Lisbon Treaty entered into force a couple of days ago (on Tuesday 1 December 2009), and a wide variety of information is now available online, ranging from the Treaty itself, through official press releases of the EU institutions, to commentary, positive or sceptical,  from official and unofficial sources.

The main documents are the Lisbon Treaty (published in Official Journal C 306  17.12.2007), and the consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (formally the EU and EC Treaties), (Official Journal C 115  9.5.2008).  Both documents include “Tables of equivalences”, that set out the re-numbering of the Treaty articles, and both documents are online, linked from pages on the Council website  EUR-Lex and Europa    In addition to the press releases, news pages and “fact sheets” on the these sites, Curia (the site of the Court of Justice of the Europeam Union) carries an excellent press release, which sets out the changes to the Court, and from the Curia home page you can choose in turn the links for the Court of Justice / Presentation and the General court / Presentation to find high quality up-to-date information.

If you weary of the enthusiasm for the Lisbon Treaty on some of the EU Institutions’ web pages and the Swedish Presidency site’s postings for 1 December, the following sources may feel like a breath of fresh air:

European Information Association  Coulisses de Bruxelles,  UE   statewatch  EUobserver  Ideas on Europe

Posted by the European Documentation Centre

EIA student essay competition – Win £200

The European Information Association is currently running an essay competition on the topic  Communicating Europe: Is the EU getting through to you?

Communicating with the public has been a primary concern for the Barroso Commission since it took office in 2004.  Aiming to put people at the heart of EU policies, the Commission’s approach is based on three principles:

– listening to the public – taking their views and concerns into account
– explaining how EU policies affect their everyday lives
– connecting with people locally – addressing them in their national or local settings, through their favorite media

The European Information Association (EIA) and Europe Direct Leeds would like to hear your views on how effective this strategy has been.

For details, visit

(Posted by the European Documentation Centre in the Bodleian Law Library)

Inter-library loans delivered to your laptop!

If you order an article by ILL, you can now have it delivered direct to your own laptop.  There’s no need to wait for the post! 

If this service would help you, please ask at the Enquiry Desk.  For more information, read on …


What’s the advantage?
You will be able to access the document direct from your own laptop, anywhere in the world.

Do I need any special equipment or software?
You need a laptop or pc that is connected to a printer, and either version 6.0 or later of Adobe Reader or Adobe Digital Editions software (free for download from )

How will I receive the item?
We send you an email message to tell you that it is available. This will have your order/request number in the header subject line and will contain the hyperlink(s) to your document(s). Click on the link while your computer is connected to the Internet to download the document.
Note: you are only allowed to access the document from the secure server once, so do not click on the link if you don’t intend to download the document.

How many times may I print the item?
You may print only one paper copy, from which you may not make any further copies. You may not make further electronic copies or convert the file into any other format. You may not cut and paste or otherwise alter the text.

After I get the email notification how much time do I have to download and print it?
Print a copy as soon as you can after downloading the document.
The electronic copy will be available for collection from the server for 14 days, after which the file will be deleted. If you cannot access the file within this time, you should contact the Bodleian Law Library ILL staff.

Can I forward the item?
Yes, providing you have not opened the item from the link in the email notification. You can simply forward the email message to another email address. Before doing this, however, do make sure that they have version 6.0 or later of Adobe Reader or Adobe Digital Editions installed on their computer.

Can I save items on my hard drive?
No:  it is important that you remember to print the item!

What if it all goes wrong?
It won’t! – but this is a pilot:  the Library will arrange for the document to be supplied again electronically or by photocopy, or give you a refund.

Where will the document have come from?
From the British Library Document Supply Service


Europe Direct logo Presseurop is an exciting new multilingual service, which gives access to current press articles on EU affairs in 10 languages.

The Presseurop network of journalists monitors 250 titles daily for EU news stories on politics, the economy, society, the environment, sciences and culture.  Coverage includes Le Monde, Le Figaro, the Financial Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, Corriere della Sera and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.  And it’s free of charge!

(Posted by the European Documentation Centre in the Bodleian Law Library)

Law Bod 4 Students


lqr-0021Have you ever been frustrated by the way some of the most frequently cited journals aren’t available in full online?

If you are a student currently registered with the Oxford Law Faculty, our new service Law Bod 4 Students  may be the solution.  You will need your single sign-on to access the site.

Log in, select the folder for your course reading list, click to accept the copyright conditions, and you’ll find the articles we’ve scanned from LQR, PL and Crim LR that aren’t available electronically anywhere else.

You can access this resource at any time from anywhere in the world, so long as you know your single sign-on.